Two teenagers bashed



POLICE want anyone who may have seen a group of males described as Aboriginal in appearance attack two teenagers in Coffs Harbour on Friday night to come forward.

Coffs Harbour and District Local Aboriginal Land Council co-ordinator, Michael Rodgers, said the assault had not previously come to his attention.

Mr Rodgers said there had been no discussion in the local Aboriginal community about it and that he would be surprised if the culprits were local.

He said that with the ap- proach of Christmas there were a lot of 'transient' people in the area and that it may have been one of them.

Sergeant Keith Coleman from Coffs Harbour police said a Korora woman, 18, and an Arrawarra youth, 16, were the victims of this attack.

Sgt Coleman said they were walking on the highway north of Kentucky Fried Chicken about 10.30pm when they were confronted by six males, all described as Aboriginal in appearance and aged between 14 and 18.

He said they demanded cans of alcohol from the pair and this resulted in a scuffle.

He said the woman was punched repeatedly and that she managed to run away to seek help.

She suffered a fractured eye socket, a broken nose and bruising and cuts.

The boy was also punched and he suffered cuts and bruising to his face.

The assailants stole the boy's wallet, which contained $50, and his mobile phone.

Anyone who may have seen the assault is urged to call Coffs Harbour police on 6652 0299.

The attack follows the bashing and robbing of a woman, 50, after two women approached her in Coffs Harbour's McLean Street last week.

One of those women is described as Aboriginal in appearance, aged in her late 20s, 170cm tall, with bleached blonde hair and a large build.

The other is described as 174cm tall, in her late 20s, with dark curly hair, wearing at the time jeans and a green shirt.



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